Lisette Armstrong has worked with the Yorktown Marching band as a brass instructor since 2015. Lisette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a minor in Art History from The College of William & Mary, and obtained her Music Teaching certification and Masters in Instrumental Conducting from George Washington University. She is currently an elementary music teacher in Arlington Public Schools.
Lisette Armstrong has performed trumpet with the American Festival Pops Orchestra, the Annandale Brass, and the Annandale Symphony Orchestra. She also works with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan.
Anamarie Diaz has worked with the Yorktown Marching Band woodwinds since 2012. She recently received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied under Dr. Tabatha Easley-Peters.
Anamarie has been a finalist in the Hampton Roads Flute Fair, won first place at Richmond Flute Fest, and is a two time winner in the National Flute Association collegiate flute choir competition.
Peter Ketcham-Colwill is on sabbatical : ) Peter is a 2005 Yorktown graduate, and has worked with Yorktown ensembles since 2006 as a member of the brass and visual staff of the Yorktown Marching Band and Indoor Percussion Ensemble. He has also served as an adjunct instructor for the Yorktown Big Band.
Peter has a minor in Jazz Performance from Princeton University, and is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School. He is currently clerking for Judge David Ezra in the Western District of Texas.
Nick Haring has worked with the Yorktown Marching Band and Indoor Percussion Ensemble since 2014, primarily with the battery and electronics. Nick holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Industry from The University of Memphis, and is skilled in audio engineering, monitor mixing, music production, sound design, and audio editing.
Nancy Hooper has worked with the Yorktown battery in the Marching Band and Indoor Percussion Ensemble since 2013. She is a graduate of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Editing, Writing, and Media with a minor in Communications. Currently, Nancy works with the Human Rights Campaign as the Canvass Operations Assistant.
Nancy marched snare for two years with Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps and three years with the Florida State University Marching Chiefs. She has taught various high schools in Tampa, Florida since 2009, and also taught Open Class Finalists Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps in the summer of 2012.
Bryce Owen has worked with the Yorktown Marching Band as a brass instructor since 2015, although he first began working with the program in the 2013-2014 school year as the as a commissioned composer for Yorktown’s premiere or Voyage with The U.S. Army Brass Quintet.
Bryce has a Masters of Composition degree from George Mason University and a BA in music performance on tuba from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.
Will Pattie has served as an instructor with the Yorktown Marching Band in various capacities over the last ten years. Will received his Masters in Music in Orchestral Conducting from Catholic University of America, and his Bachelor of Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Will is currently an elementary music teacher in Arlington County. Prior to this position, he served as the Orchestra Director at KIPP DC: AIM Academy, and as the High School Instrumental Music Director at the American International School of Egypt. His conducting experience extends to the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Summer Opera Workshop Orchestra, and and Ma’adi Community Orchestra – Cairo, Egypt.
Christopher Roland is the colorguard instructor for Yorktown’s indoor and outdoor seasons. He has worked with Yorktown ensembles since 2006. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and, outside of Yorktown, examines semiconductor patent applications at the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Chris has instructed colorguard ensembles at WT Woodson HS and Broad Run HS. He marched with the Lehigh Valley Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from ’02-’04, winning the Division III high colorguard award at DCI Championships in 2003. Prior to joining Yorktown’s staff, Chris marched colorguard with the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2006, winning the open class high colorguard award at DCA Championships.
J.D. Slaughter is the Assistant Director of the Marching Band and Director and founder of Yorktown Indoor Percussion. He has worked with Yorktown ensembles since 2006, primarily under the ensemble music and visual captions. Outside of Yorktown, JD is a leadership and talent consultant at Korn Ferry.
JD has taught marching bands and indoor percussion ensembles in Northern Virginia and West Tennessee since 2002 and is also the Visual Caption Head for the George Mason University Indoor Drumline (2012 WGI PIO World Champion and 2013 WGI PIW Finalist), and the Chantilly High School Indoor Drumline (2014 WGI PSO Bronze Medalists).
Elizabeth hold’s bachelor’s degrees in clarinet performance and music education from Virginia Tech. She also received a Master of Arts in Education from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction with a K-12 instrumental music certification. She most recently attended Louisiana State University where she earned a master of music degree in clarinet performance.
Kevin Thompson has served as the instructor for the Front Ensemble for the Yorktown Marching Band and Indoor Percussion Ensemble since 2014. He has previously served as a percussion instructor for the marching bands at Langley High School and T.C. Williams High School.
Kevin is a graduate of George Mason University, where he majored in Music Performance with a minor in Music Technology. He has performed extensively with ensembles throughout Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia.